Piedmont’s first win over rival Deer Creek this season was a rout. And while Tuesday’s victory didn’t come as easily, it might’ve meant more to the Wildcats.
Madi Morris’ three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning helped seal Piedmont’s 8-4 win over the Antlers and ultimately sent the collective Deer Creek side into a frenzy that ended with two ejections.
It didn’t change the outcome, though. Piedmont (10-7, 4-0) completed a season sweep of Deer Creek and grabbed firm control of first place in the district standings.
“They would score a run or two and then we’d respond with a run or two,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “Then Madi Morris’ hit at the end there was huge. It was a game-changer.”
Morris’ timely, and eventually highly contested home run that just cleared the left field fence, broke open a game that Piedmont never trailed in, but Deer Creek was never out of.
After Piedmont took a 1-0 lead on a bases loaded walk to Logan Simunek in the first inning, Sagely McAdoo and Kassidy Scott followed with a pair of two-out, RBI-doubles to stake Piedmont to a 3-0 lead after two innings.
But Deer Creek pulled within a run in the fourth on the strength of a pair of unearned runs. The score remained 3-2 into the fifth, when Jourdan Edwards and Cassidy Ray both drove in runs to pad the Wildcats’ lead to 5-2.